Pet Adoption in SLO County: Cats and Dogs Available Now

Newborn kittens are incredibly vulnerable.

It is only in their second week of life that they can see and hear. During week #3, they begin to walk and socialize with their littermates and, if they’re lucky, interact with caring people.

Unfortunately, due to the abundance of stray and possessed cats, a staggering number of kittens are born homeless and destined to fear humans.

Fortunately, there are times when homeless kittens can be reached, giving them the opportunity to have a different life.

Maska was a terrified 9-week-old orphan when he arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter. He thought everyone wanted to hurt him.

Without immediate help, Maska would never discover the joy of play and the pleasure of comfortable beds, or how to purr when petted.

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Maska, a 4-month-old male kitten, is available for adoption at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter in San Luis Obispo. Annette Sheley

Luckily, a foster family brought Maska home and the transformation changed her life.

Maska is now ready to find a forever home. He is a sweet 4 month old boy who, when around those he has learned to trust, loves to be held, enjoys belly rubs and purrs loudly.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please call or text her adoptive parent at 805-234-5755.

With a patient and loving person, Maska can be the incredibly loving cat he was born to be.

Want to help reduce the number of kittens born homeless? Through June, the Woods Humane Society is partnering with Animal Services to spay or neuter unowned cats for free.

For more information, call Woods Humane Society at 805-464-5034 in North County and 805-540-2692 in the San Luis Obispo area.

For more information on Maska (ID No. 275550), call the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter Volunteer Line at 805-781-4400 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/aserv. The shelter is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave. off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

Full price adoption fees are $81 for cats and $115 for dogs, plus a county license fee of $28 for dogs, if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.

Adoption fees include a new collar, spaying or neutering surgery, basic vaccinations, microchipping, and eligibility for a free San Luis Obispo County veterinary checkup. Cats are also tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and adopters are given a carrier.

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